Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers is photographed on the Arizona House of Representatives chamber floor in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday March 2, 2022.

Laura Segall, for the Deseret News

The Arizona Republican Party has fallen.

That was Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ take after he lost his bid for a state Senate seat Tuesday.

“I’ve joked and said the party has taken Kabul and I’m on the last plane out to Uzbekistan,” he said by phone Friday during a layover en route to Israel as part of a trip to learn how desert farming techniques and desalinated water and distribution systems could work in Arizona.

Candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump won big in the state’s Republican primary this week, including former state Sen. David Farnsworth, the fellow Mesa Latter-day Saint who beat Bowers. Farnsworth has said he believes the 2020 election was fraudulent, but state audits and Arizona Republicans have found no evidence that fraud effected the outcome.

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Bowers, a conservative, was censured by the state party following his testimony in front of the Jan. 6 committee about being pressured to help overturn the state’s election results in 2020. Bowers testified that his refusal to help overturn the election was motivated by his faith and belief in upholding the Constitution. He said he and his family have been harassed since he refused to go along with the scheme.

Bowers said he called Farnsworth and “wished him …read more

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